Since graduating in 1995 from the University of Otago with a degree in Drama, Pip has worked as a full time writer.
Pip's early theatre writing began at Allen Hall Theatre and followed with two commissions from Young & Hungry Arts Trust. Her play Red Fish, Blue Fish was selected as part of the Silo New Works Programme and then played at Circa as part of a similar programme.
Pip also co wrote with father, Roger Hall, Who Needs Sleep Anyway? a musical and comedy revue commissioned for the Plunket Centenary.
Two of Pip's major works - The Woman Who Loved a Mountain and The 53rd Victim were both developed through the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts Show and Tell programme in 2006 and 2008. The 53rd Victim then went on to win the New New Zealand Play Award in 2009, selected out of over 70 scripts. It was also a finalist in the inaugural New Zealand Writers Guild awards in 2010. The 53rd Victim was commissioned to be adapted for Radio New Zealand and was a finalist in 2011 in the drama section of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. In 2009 she won the Bruce Mason award, New Zealand’s most prestigious playwriting award.
Her one-act play Shudder was published by The Play Press in 2003 and is widely produced in high schools throughout New Zealand. queen b was published by Playmarket as part of an anthology of Young & Hungry plays.
Pip also works extensively in television and film as a writer, story liner, story/script editor, developer, creative producer and actor. She is also co creator and co producer of the Wet Hot Beauties, a contemporary water ballet company.
She lives with her husband and two children in Westmere, Auckland.
Current work in development
Mule explores the lives of Anna and Danny, who meet via an internet dating site. On opposite sides of the world, one is the hunter and one is the hunted. She is vulnerable, looking for distraction. He’s in trouble, looking for drug traffickers. Mule is a contemporary drama about technology, disconnection and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Squeak, Squeak investigates the extraordinary life of New Zealand born Nancy Wake - freedom fighter, spy and WW II heroine. Topping Hitler’s most wanted list, Nancy Wake aka The White Mouse, was a woman of great beauty and charm, as stubborn as she was brave. Nancy’s life was a series of great escapes - from the enemy, from conventional society, from her mother – she always made it to the other side. In the spotlight for the last time, Nancy re-visits the most influential turning points of her life and comes face to face with her greatest loves and her greatest fears. A dynamic and theatrical exploration about identity, the price of freedom and seizing the day. “Eat, drink, be merry – for tomorrow, we die.”